I had Texas Caviar when I was living in San Antonio. It was love at first bite. With ingredients such as black eyed peas, tomatoes, corn, and fresh green onions, whats not to love?
Why Is It Called Texas ‘Caviar’?
Well my friend ‘Wikipedia’ aptly points out that it is a humorous comparison to the fancy schmanshy caviar dish that you find at upscale restaurants. But what I didn’t know is it was made by a New Yorker in the 1940’s. Now who would’ve thought! Also known as ‘Cowboy Caviar’ the word is that it was first served on New Year’s in Houston. It truly has become the caviar of the south. I serve mine with tortilla chips but many a person has been known to eat it simply with a bowl and spoon. However you decide to partake of it, this recipe combines the best of flavors and lets you spoon up the good life for you and your guests!
Ingredients for Texas Caviar include:
- Two cans whole kernel corn
- Two cans black eyed peas (with jalapeno if you can get them)
- Large can petite diced tomatoes. Feel free to substitute fresh tomatoes if you have them available to you!
- Small bottle zesty Italian dressing
- Fresh parsley
- Two green onions.
- Drain all of your cans well and dump them one by one into a dishpan or a large mixing bowl.
- Chop up some fresh parsley and add that in there along with chopped green onions. Hint on the green onions: I just cut mine up with kitchen shears. So much easier than trying to slice them.
- Pour entire bottle of dressing over ingredients and stir.
- Refrigerate for several hours to let flavors blend and serve with tortilla or corn chips, like you do salsa.
Enjoy each scoop as the flavors burst in your mouth 🙂
- 2 green onions
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 2 cans black eyed peas with jalapeno if available
- 1 large can petite diced tomatoes
- 2 cans whole kernel corn
- 16 ounce bottle zesty italian dressing
- Drain cans well and pour contents into large mixing bowl or dishpan. Add chopped parsley. Cut onions and add. Pour dressing over all and stir well. Refrigerate. Sever with tortilla or corn chips.